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“Oasis for book lovers in Chennai”

The Anna Centenary Library
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Adding another feather to its intellectual cap, Chennai is now home to South Asia’s largest library. So if you are a book lover and need a break from the city’s commotion, this is the place for you. The Anna Centenary Library is an eight-story structure that has recently added to the city’s growing modern landscape in the Kotturpuram area. A Braille section, children’s corner, replica of the "Tree of Knowledge," an auditorium and an amphitheater make quite an impression on visitors.
Reviewed July 20, 2012

On our trip to this library. The children's section was awesome, great book collections and ambiance is wonderful. My son, 9 years old spent more than two hours and was difficult to get him out.

History section on 7th floor was a disappointment for me. There were great books about world history and US history (more than 4 rows), but very little on Indian history. I'd have expected more Indian content. But may be there are not that many Indian history books out there.

Good parking area for leaving your car and the seven story building is done well. I don't recall seeing similar library in US or Canada.

Great library,a must see if you have time.

Thank Satish T
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Reviewed July 17, 2012

Awesome library.Getting congused of which one to pick and which book to leave. Wonderful maintenance. The 8 floors will make us feel dizzy when thinking about moving to other section... soooperrrrrrrrrrr.............................

Thank RajthilakS
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Reviewed July 4, 2012

One of the best librarys in India. vide range of books on various subjects and it caters to needs of citizens from birth to death. We are very fortuante to have a library of this kind in Chennai. Every one in ths city should visit this and utilise to the maximum extent

Thank gaint2753
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Reviewed June 20, 2012

Kids section got lot of collections, they can spend good time and read many books here. Also play area for them also well managed. The desktops not working properly due to server issue.

Even the interiros well designed and more attractive to kids and ambience helping them to sit and read more books.

1  Thank gvkumar
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Reviewed June 15, 2012

A must watch place in Chennai fully air-conditioned and equipped with a large no. of books on various topics. The facilities provided for the readers are truly world class. Each floor of the library is split into two halves (A and B wing) which are dedicated to particular Subjects and Languages. My favourite is the 'Kids Section'. Also Its the tidiest library you could ever see in INDIA except the restrooms. It deserves to be named the second largest library in Asia.

4  Thank Sandilyan
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